The new paint plant, which is Nissan North America’s showcase project under the Better Plants Challenge, is expected to be about 30% more efficient than the plant it is replacing.
Nissan deployed a number of energy-efficient technologies and practices to drive energy savings at the paint plant, including application of a “3-wet” process that eliminates one high-temperature, 30-minute oven bake step with a 3-minute, low-temperature flash-off oven; construction of a compact spray booth, which limits the amount of conditioned air that needs to be pumped into the booth; and development of an air recirculation system that further limits the volume of air that needs to be conditioned prior to being pumped into the paint booth. The new paint plant is one of three paint plants at Nissan’s Smyrna auto assembly facility. Together the paint plants account for 70% of the energy used at the full Smyrna auto plant.
For more information on the project, visit the New Paint Plant Showcase Project Web page.